• Tue. May 28th, 2024

A QUIET PLACE PART II – Relentlessly Expanding the World of the First Film!

DISCLAIMER: This review contains minor spoilers for the original A QUIET PLACE, as it’s impossible to discuss this film without discussing that one.

A QUIET PLACE PART II is directed by John Krasinski. The film stars Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Djimon Hounsou.

Abbott family patriarch Lee has died, leaving his widow Evelyn to find a new home for her children where they can be safe, even in these trying times with sound-sensitive monsters still on the loose. Setting out and facing the expected obstacles, son Marcus is wounded, but the family reunites with a former friend, Emmett, who has also been living in fear of the creatures. Daughter Regan, despite initially being apprehensive, teams up with Emmett to rescue survivors stranded on an island, while Evelyn must fend for herself getting Marcus the medical supplies he needs to survive.

A QUIET PLACE, released in 2018, which starred director John Krasinski and his real-life wife Emily Blunt, ended up being a surprise hit with critics and moviegoers, so the inevitable sequel was bound to be just around the corner. Originally slated for release in March of 2020, the second film was one of many inevitably pushed back by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a year later, we finally have the second installment of what could very well become an ongoing film franchise. The movie, like its predecessor, is scary, violent, and brutal, despite being rated PG-13. A QUIET PLACE PART II gives us world building, moving the story beyond the restrictive settings of its predecessor, and even a flashback to when the alien invasion began. It hits the high notes and then some. It’s not quite a perfect film, but Krasinski has pure gold on his hands with what could be the a new big movie franchise, and the running time of under 100 minutes keeps things perfectly paced and moving along.

Following up A QUIET PLACE was not an easy task, but the film manages to stay true to the original while never feeling like a retread. The casting (and, of course, a fairly small cast) remains a great strength. While Blunt and Jupe are solid, the real star here is Millicent Simmonds, who plays a girl taking her first steps into a larger world. Deaf in real life and in character, she gives the film’s most convincing performance, with much of the movie told from her perspective. The addition of Cillian Murphy as a disgraced man trying to make amends in an apocalyptic world of sorts, also stands as a promising addition. Other human characters (I won’t spoil anything here) show how paranoid and relentless survivors of the attacks have become, perhaps even being a bigger threat than the creatures. The late game addition of underrated actor Djimon Hounsou is a surprise, but in the best of ways.

The writing and direction are sharp once more, keeping things moving along at the perfect pace; the end result doesn’t even exceed the 100 minute mark. The situations are as believable and suspenseful as can be believed in a world ridden with deadly invaders who pose a threat to all. Krasinski himself appears in a newly-filmed prologue in which we see the beginning of the alien invasion, long before the first film, beautifully giving us some world building the first film didn’t (though perhaps rightfully so). I’m often opposed to film plots that split cast members and characters apart, but here it works exceedingly well, and the only real disappointment is how abruptly the movie ends. You’ll want even more. I know I did.

A QUIET PLACE PART II beautifully expands the desolate world seen in the first film, while still giving its stars, old and new alike, a chance to shine throughout. It’s one of the best films of 2021 so far, and it was certainly work the wait. Very highly recommended!

Rating: Three-and-a-half stars out of four.

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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